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Infection likely gone, Gronk gets new arm plate next week

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Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has been battling for weeks a post-surgical infection in his arm.

Doctors, we’re told, now believe that the infection finally has subsided.  In the coming days, that will be confirmed.

The good news, if it’s confirmed, is that Gronkowski finally be infection-free.  The bad news, if it’s confirmed, is that he’ll be ready for the plate in his arm to be replaced.  Which means that he’ll have his fourth surgery since first breaking the arm during the 2012 regular season.

Gronkowski is approaching the one-year anniversary of his multi-year extension, one that looks a lot better for him in hindsight — but also one that the Patriots could choose to abandon (or at least renegotiate) when a $10 million option bonus comes due in 2016.

UPDATE 9:24 p.m. ET:  Gronkowski will indeed have surgery next week, with Dr. James Andrews consulting.

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20 Responses to “Infection likely gone, Gronk gets new arm plate next week”
  1. jakec4 says: May 16, 2013 9:01 PM

    Buyers remorse.

  2. cardmagnet says: May 16, 2013 9:09 PM

    He’ll be back to drunk wrestling his friends with that new plate inserted in no time!

  3. mackcarrington says: May 16, 2013 9:10 PM

    Would having a plate in your arm be considered a performance enhancing advantage?

  4. barrysandersjr says: May 16, 2013 9:12 PM

    He’d had more infections than Lindsey lohan..

  5. justsomerandomguy24 says: May 16, 2013 9:13 PM

    Hope his arm heals right and he is able to get back to football. Pats fan or not, the guy is exciting to watch.

  6. trevor123698 says: May 16, 2013 9:14 PM

    I’m pretty scared for Amendola and Gronk’s futures. if they break again (odds say they do) what in the world will the Pats do?

  7. prideof10000lakes says: May 16, 2013 9:17 PM

    Next on Pft: “gronk celebrates infection free arm with a night out in Vegas”

  8. ridingwithnohandlebars says: May 16, 2013 9:22 PM

    I think that sounds like a good reason to dance. Get well soon Gronk, football is more fun with guys like him playing.

  9. thesteelers says: May 16, 2013 9:27 PM

    Over/under on next injury?

  10. icdogg says: May 16, 2013 9:28 PM

    Well, that’s one thing me and Gronk have in common… plates in our arms. My right arm X-ray looks like it has auto parts inside, I imagine his does too.

  11. fumblenuts says: May 16, 2013 9:31 PM

    New arm plate and the Summer of Gronk on tap…..

  12. fintastic13 says: May 16, 2013 9:56 PM

    Even as a fins fan, I hope Gronk can put this injury behind him and come back at full strength after surgery #4. Get well, Gronk the Pats are going to need you at full strength! The fins are headed in the right direction!

  13. miguelromerorhpat says: May 16, 2013 10:09 PM

    And all of this,thanks to a special teams play…wooow

  14. trapshoot says: May 16, 2013 10:37 PM

    Hope this is the last surgery and he gives it enough time to fully heal before trying to play.

  15. nimbushex says: May 16, 2013 10:44 PM

    “Infection likely gone”

    That must be real comforting for him.

  16. jatremblay says: May 16, 2013 11:08 PM

    How long will he be out? The goofball will make a spectacular catch when he returns and we’ll all be holding our collective breath.

  17. hatetriot4life says: May 16, 2013 11:11 PM

    no point in talkn contracts wen pats decide its cheaper to ditch him n find another no namer to b a star in that gimmick offense

  18. slobmykolb says: May 17, 2013 1:53 AM

    icdogg says;

    Well, that’s one thing me and Gronk have in common… plates in our arms. My right arm X-ray looks like it has auto parts inside, I imagine his does too.

    Nobody cares dude! Guess what me n gronk have something in common, we share the same initials. Phew feels good to let the world know that!

  19. pinion8ted says: May 17, 2013 8:32 AM

    Pat’s fan here …….I hate to say it, but I don’t Gronk will ever be the same player.

  20. steeelfann says: May 17, 2013 8:41 AM

    Gronk, stay positive and happy. Just think if you played for the Browns? You might be dead or had the arm amputated due to the infections from their locker room.

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